Let’s talk about the most trending website Quora, that has answers to all your questions! Or you could say, allows you to answer the questions!
Quora is a question and answer website, where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users! The website was launched in 2009 and a year after its launch, Quora received an enormous funding from Benchmark Capital, worth $ 11 million. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California. By the end of 2011, Quora received half a million users.
In the year 2009, when people were often baffled about finding answers on the internet, that’s when Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever came up with a fascinating idea! These two young lads happen to be ex employees of Facebook. Post their exit from the firm, Adam and Charlie developed an idea and implemented the same into a website now famously known as Quora. The two co founders of Quora, met each other in the premises of Facebook.
About the Co founders!
Adam D’Angelo and the brains behind the social media giant Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, happen to be school friends! They went to the same school Phillips Exeter Academy, a boarding school in New Hampshire. Their bond was strong and they were great buddies! In 2004, Zuckerberg appointed Adam as the Vice President (VP) of Engineering at Facebook, which was startup back then. Later, in 2008 Adam was promoted to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Facebook.
Speaking about Charlie, here’s how it all started! In the year 2006, Charlie got an email from Facebook, regarding the position of a software engineering manager. At first, Charlie ignored the mail. Later, he changed his mind and accepted the offer. He worked for Amazon before joining Facebook.
How did the Co founders collide?
However, It was on the Facebook campus, where the two , Adam and Charlie would meet and have intellectual conversations. Over the course of time, Adam and Cheever became best friends! They exchanged ideas and thought of setting up a firm that would make it easier for people to share their knowledge, thoughts and opinions.
Later in 2008, both the intellectuals decided to leave Facebook to create their own startup. Quora was derived from Quorum, meaning a group of people coming together to reach a consensus! In the year 2009, the Quora website was launched. It took around one year to develop the company. Initially, Quora was compared to the search engine giant, Google. However, people recognized the differences between the two! Google is algorithmic focused whereas, Quora depends on knowledge from people! Even though, Quora is similar to Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers, Answers.com, yet works completely in a different way! Real names of the users are mandatory and you need to login to use Quora, either via your Facebook, Google account or Quora account as well.
Adam D’angelo explains, When you look at Google, its job is to find you the perfect web page. There are a lot of cases when you want to know something and a list of websites isn’t ideal. For example, If you’re looking for an overview, Wikipedia usually has a good, edited aggregation of content. So one way of solving these cases is to pull all of this information out of people’s heads and get it into a useful format that can be shared.
Following its success, in January 2013, Quora launched a blogging platform allowing it’s users to post non answer content on their profiles such as images and other relevant stuff. In April 2014, Quora raised $ 80 million from Tiger Global Management. With each passing year, Quora received several fundings and even investors! In 2017, Quora raised $ 85 million in a series at $ 1.8 billion valuations with Collaborative Fund and Y Combinator! Recently, Quora was also launched in several languages including Hindi, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese,Portuguese, French and Indonesian.
Keeping this in mind, what we learn from Quora is, an idea can change your life, literally!
When Kickstarter Was Kickstarted!
The summer of 2009 was quite remarkable for Perry Chen, Yancey Stricker and Charles Adler. It was that time of the year when their dream website Kickstarter was launched! Kickstarter is a New York based public benefit corporation known for building a global crowdfunding platform. The company brings creative projects to reality and is the go to platform for many entrepreneurs! There ain’t no middlemen, no loans and no grants. Sounds cool, right?
The inception of Kickstarter!
Back in 2005, the mastermind Perry met Yancey Strickler and they became good friends. In a friendly conversation, the duo started scribbling on a whiteboard their exceptional thoughts with regard to a crowdfunding platform! Later, Perry convinced his friends to give him a little bit of money. Months later, Perry was introduced to Charles Adler and so the rest you know! The three of the great minds started working on their ideas and turned it into a website.
After years of research, they finally launched the website in 2009 which was then flooded with tons of investors and projects.
Perry Chan, along with the American media editor, Yancey Stricker and American Web designer, Charles Adler came up with the idea of launching a website for the purpose of crowdfunding. Post the launch of their website, the founders spread word about Kickstarter in their friends circle. However, projects started coming in and people stepped up to support projects consequently. In January 2010, the team moved into a tenement building in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. From 3,910 successful projects and $ 27,638,318 pledges in 2010, the firm was reaching new heights already! This was followed by 18,109 successfully funded projects and $ 319,786,629 pledges in the year 2012. In the year 2013 Perry stepped down from the position of the CEO and went on to become the Chairman. He was replaced by Yancey Strickler. The year of 2014 brought the company a huge raising $ 13.28 million, which became the most funded Kickstarter project in history!
Here’s what makes Kickstarter so interesting!
Kickstarter does not rely on affluent investors. The company opts for crowdfunding, in which loads of smaller investors make contributions. The investment could be as little as a $ 1 and there are basically no restrictions. The company generated its revenue by assessing a fee of 5 percent from projects that reached or surpassed their funding targets. Projects that did not meet their funding goals within a specified time period did not receive any money pledged to them, and they were not subjected to the fee. The company so far has funded thousands of projects from investor donations resulting in several hundred million dollars. Isn’t that huge?
Kickstarter has become extremely important in the startup ecosystem! From entrepreneurs to investors, Kickstarter is one damn platform that could get you what you desire!
Get Ready To Say Goodbye To Yahoo Messenger On 17 July
Let us take a dig at those nostalgic days when Yahoo instant messenger was a big thing! Remember those funky emojis? Oh, yes! How could you forget those stylish yet cute avatars that you could change instantly! Well, get ready to say a final goodbye to Yahoo messenger on 17 July.
According to the latest reports, Oath, the subsidiary of telecommunications giant Verizon, who operates Yahoo, announced the final wrap up of Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo’s spokesperson said,
Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally. After July 17, you’ll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work.
The current users who are still clinging to the old messaging service will be redirected to the new group messaging app Squirrel. Users will have six months to download their chat history! For more than a month now, Yahoo has been testing beta testing the Squirrel app. It will be open to the public once the Yahoo Messenger shuts down. However, those who are looking to try out the Squirrel app right now can request for beta access.
Yahoo on its official website said,
We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind. As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.
The Yahoo Messenger was launched in 1998 and was a big hit with the users! However, with time, the app appeared to lose its captivation as the competition got intense. Over the years, the app came up with a lot of updates to keep its users hooked to it. From redesigning the app, to bringing up new features, Yahoo did try surviving in the messaging platform but, couldn’t make it. The users did not find the messenger fascinating enough and eventually switched to other apps. Anyway, It is time to say goodbye to our once favourite messaging app, Yahoo messenger!
You will always be our first and favourite messaging app.
Another bet slips off Amazon, PremjiInvest takes 6% Stake In Future Retail
The year 2018 has been quite famous with a number of deals and acquisitions taking place in the Indian business market!
Speaking about the much hyped Flipkart-Walmart deal, that took place recently had everyone glued to the news. With regard to the Flipkart-Walmart deal, the e commerce giant Amazon Inc., lost its bet on Flipkart to the US retail behemoth Walmart. The Indian business market recently noticed an interesting investment between two firms!
The famously known Czar of the Indian IT, Azim Premji’s firm PremjiInvest, bought 6 % stake in Kishore Biyani’s Future Retail Ltd., for a whopping $ 251 million! The acquisition happened in a bulk deal! PremjiInvest, bought the stake in a bulk deal from Cedar Support Services Ltd., a subsidiary of Bharti Ventures Ltd., It purchased the stake from Bharti Group, which owns a 9 % stake in Future Retail.
Kishore Biyani, the Founder and CEO of Future Group, said in an interview,
PremjiInvest is one of the larger investors in the consumer space in India. They are also investors with us in Future Lifestyle Fashion (4% stake.)
The value of the transaction is around $ 251 million, of which Future Retail, will get up to $ 85.2 million through a clawback provision. A clawback is a provision which is a special contractual clause, typically included in employment contracts by financial firms, by which money already paid must be paid back under certain conditions.
In an interview, with regard to the e commerce giant Amazon Inc.,
Mr. Biyani said,
We are not in discussions of any stake sale at the moment
Earlier this year, there were talks about the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos aligning with Mr. Biyani to discuss the strategic alliance. Alongside, back in March, there were reports that Amazon was about to acquire a 10 % stake in Future Retail! Well, looks like the ball is not in Amazon’s court!
As of now, Future Retail owns, the Indian hypermarket, supermarket and home segments with other significant brands such as Big Bazaar, Easy Day and Foodhall.
With the two major acquisitions already slipping off, let us see what else is in store for Amazon in the future!
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